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Kuraray restarts VAM plant in La Porte after winter storm

April 19/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Kuraray America, a subsidiary of the Kuraray Group and one of the leading international companies in the production of specialty chemicals, fibers, resins and elastomers, has resumed operations at its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in La Porte, Texas, USA, reported Rubber&Plastics News.

This plant with the capacity of 335,000 mt/year was shut in mid-February because of the unprecedently low temperatures in the region and was restarted on 2 April, 2021.

Meanwhile, production is still suspended on some lines of this plant, but on which lines, it is not specified.

As MRC reported earlier, Kuraray America last shut its VAM plnat in La Porte for a one-month scheduled maintenance in October 2019.

VAM is the main raw material for the production of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA).

According to MRC's DataScope report, February EVA imports to Russia rose by 1,44% year on year to 3,14 tonnes from 3,10 tonnes a year earlier, and overall imports of this grade of ethylene copolymer into the Russian Federation grew in January-February 2021 by 0,68% year on year to 6,230 tonnes (6,190 tonnes a year earlier).

iKuraray America is one of the world's largest specialty chemicals, fibers, resins and elastomers companies. The company's manufacturing facilities are located in Houston, Texas.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:vinilacetat, EVA, copolymer, ethylene, Kuraray, Russia, USA.
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